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Intellectual Property Jurisdiction Strategies

Where to Litigate Unitary Rights vs National Rights in the EU

Torsten B. Larsen

This timely and practical guide compares the jurisdictional advantages of litigating a national IP right with those of the corresponding European unitary IP right. The study offers IP practitioners a meticulous yet principled basis for their jurisdictional decisions and shows why it is advantageous for infringers to litigate based on a national IP right and rightholders to litigate based on a European unitary IP right.
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ABBREVIATIONS

Where to Litigate Unitary Rights vs National Rights in the EU

Torsten B. Larsen

ACTA           Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

AG                Advocate General

ALI               American Law Institute

AUPC           Agreement on a Unified Patent Court

BR                 Brussels Regime

Brussels Convention  Convention on Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters

Brussels I Regulation  Regulation on Jurisdiction and Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters

CD                 Community Design

CDR              Community Design Regulation

Charter           Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

CJEU             Court of Justice of the European Union

CLIP              Conflict of Laws in Intellectual Property

CMS              Contracting Member State

Commission   European Commission

Council          European Council

CPV               Community Plant Variety

CPVO            Community Plant Variety Office

CPVR            Community Plant Variety Regulation

CTM              Community Trademark

CTMR           Community Trademark Regulation

DD                 Design Directive

ED                 Enforcement Directive

ECHR            European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

ECtHR           European Court of Human Rights

EFTA             European Free Trade Association

EPC                European Patent Convention

EPLA             European Patent Litigation Agreement

EPO                European Patent Organisation

EU                  European Union

EUIPO            European Union Intellectual Property Office

EUTM            European Union Trademark

EUTMR          European Union Trademark Regulation

ILA                 International Law Association

IP                    Intellectual Property

Lugano Convention  Convention on Jurisdiction and Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters

N/A                  Non-applicable

PDO                 Protected Designation of Origin right

PGI                   Protected Geographical Indication right

RCD                 Registered Community Design

Rome II            Regulation on the Law applicable to Non-Contractual Obligations

ROP                 Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court

SPG                  Speciality Guaranteed right

TFEU               Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union

TMD                Trademark Directive

Transparency  Transparency Proposal on Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, Recognition and

                Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Intellectual Property

TRIPS            Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

UCD               Unregistered Community Design

UP                  Unitary Patent

UPC               Unified Patent Court

UPOV            Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants

UPR               Unitary Patent Regulation

VC                 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

Waseda          Principles of Private International Law on Intellectual Property Rights